Do you dream of being an international cricketer?
Then this film probably isn’t for you!
The 90 minute piece taps into the minds of England cricketers past and present, mostly past as it focuses on England’s rise to number one earlier this decade.
There’s some artsy shots of Jonathan Trott in a sun laden field and later a dark cityscape provides a stark contrast. Trott also frolicks under water and like Kevin Pietersen and Steven Finn, opens up about the travails of being an England cricketer. There are of course those who will shut down these privileged souls bemoaning their hard lives. No they’re not down a pit but their work is dangerous, at times unsavoury and results in lots of time away from family but in the company of people that you might not even get along with!
Monty Panesar pops up too as do many others including ex-coach Andy Flower. A pre-Ashes trip to Bavaria gets a lot of focus as does, as already touched upon, the state of mind. The Edge is not all ‘Happy as Larry’ bat ‘n’ ball tales! If you followed England during the featured era then this is essential viewing.
The Edge scores… 78
How fitting that I should be reviewing Sachin: A Billion Dreams, at a time when http://www.sillypointcricket has recently surpassed The Little Master’s’ Test tally of 15,921.
It’s getting on for two and a half years now since I commenced writing this blog and I’ve since added audio and even brought YouTube videos to the crease. This has, for the most part, been done without the help of social media. I’m not on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook etc and realise how putting some effort in on those mediums could help raise the profile of both me and my blog… but ‘life’ must take priority, sometimes at least!
Anyway, onto the task at hand… Sachin: A Billion Dreams.
I was worried that the film would be a little self-indulgent and sickly but I must say that I really enjoyed it. It does though highlight what a difference opportunity and practice make. It’s exquisitely shot (Rather appropriate) and provides an insight not just into Sachin or cricket but India in general. At two hours twenty minutes long, it’s a decent Test dig but there is a man’s childhood and twenty year career to cover!
For cricket tragics like myself, it’s well worth watching.
Sachin: A Billion Dreams scores… 90 not out
Following on (See what I did there?) from my recent post titled ‘Cricket Books Worth Reading’…
Here are some cricket films that are well worth watching. As was the case with books, it’s pretty much all non-fiction (Documentaries). Oh, and actually some of them are books as well…
Death of a Gentleman
For cynics of cricket’s top brass, feast on this!
Fire in Babylon
Focusing on West Indian success throughout the 1970s and 80s.
Out of the Ashes
This film charts the rapid rise of the Afghanistan men’s team… including the unceremonious ditching of their coach!
I bet that you never thought you’d watch a film about cricket and female genital mutilation did you?
Here’s the link to my original write-up…
Howzat: Kerry Packer’s War
This is actually a two-part television drama and the book that it’s based on featured in my ‘… Worth Reading’ list…
In terms of fiction, there are films such as P’tang Yang Kipperbang and Wondrous Oblivion to Watch.
Lookout for my review of Sachin: A Billion Dreams soon. Because somebody’s getting it for Christmas!!!
Cricket and Female Genital Mutilation. Not necessarily a combination that you might think would go together and possibly the last subject matter you’d have considered for your next movie night!
This isn’t so much a film review but more just an advice that I’ve watched it and an invite for you to do the same. The film follows the Maasai Warriors cricket team from their homes in rural Kenya to their attempt at the Last Man Stands World Championship just a few years ago.
The team are not just out to play bat and ball but to lead a crusade against the female genital mutilation that takes place in Kenya.
There is a saying in Maasai culture that goes “The eye that leaves the village sees further”. For the Maasai Warriors their trip to London not only provides them with the opportunity to visit Lords and play cricket but means that they return to their village with greater authority, respect and voices to be heard.
Can they get their elders to end the practice of female genital mutilation in their community?
Silly Point provides Warriors with a score of…
91 not out